Thinking of building?
- Work out your current and future needs so that the house design will meet both.
Write them down. This will form part of the brief for your architect or designer.
Time spent researching materials, designs and designers will save you time and money later. Get as much information as you can now to ensure that your building project goes smoothly.
A good design process is key to a successful project. Design evolves over a period of time during which you and your designer discuss, digest, think and rework ideas until the best solution is arrived at.
Decide what level of service you want from your designer. Attend all meetings and provide formal feedback to your designer.
- Structural or weathertight work on a dwelling is restricted building work and must be carried out by competent professionals.
In order to get building consent for restricted building work, the design and build will need to be carried out or supervised by a design Licensed Building Practitioner, a chartered professional engineer or a registered architect.
Your builder is a crucial partner. You need a good one whom you can trust and feel comfortable with.
- Learn about the building process. You will own whatever happens to this construction project. If you cut corners or your building professionals cut corners, you will be the one to live with the consequences.
Talk to Council officers to find out what you are permitted to build on your land and what consents will be required.
Pre application meetings are an invaluable part of the planning process. Contact MDC to organise a pre application meeting before lodging your building consent application. This is particularly important for large construction projects and all new commercial applications.
This meeting will be attended by relevant council officers specific to your project. You may require advice or information from members of the building, planning or infrastructure teams which may impact on your project planning.
For commercial projects, it is very important that you seek advice early in the planning stages from the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) to ensure compliance with the Building Act 2004 and Fire Service Act 1975. A representative from the NZFS can attend the pre application meeting.
Understanding the regulatory requirements early means that they can be incorporated into the project design and costs and will eliminate any ‘surprises’ during the processing of the consenting process.
Pre application meetings are free.
Once the design is developed resource consents and building consents can be submitted, tender documents prepared and tenders sought from builders.
Ensure you have contracts for the work.
Avoid changes to the design (unless they are small details). At this point, the drawings are comprehensive and design changes can result in time and cost overruns and will be expensive.
Further information can be found at MBIE Build It Right webpage
Do I need a Building Consent?
The general rule of thumb is "Yes, you do"
There are some exemptions from the requirements to have a Building Consent. You should bring your proposed plans in to Council and the Duty Building Officer will determine whether or not the work you are planning is exempt.
Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 lists work that does not need a Building Consent.
For further information or advice, please contact the Building Services Team on 06 323 0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org at the Manawatu District Council.
Reviewed Jun 2016